Probate of Wills in Oklahoma City
What makes a will valid in Oklahoma?
If the decedent left a valid will, the first step of probate is to determine its validity. In the state of Oklahoma, a valid will must be created by an adult over the age of 18 who is of sound mind. Wills must be signed by the creator of the will, also referred to as the testator, and must also be signed by two attesting witnesses who must also include their addresses. Holographic wills, or handwritten, unwitnessed wills, are also valid in Oklahoma. Nuncupative, or oral wills, are valid for military members who feared for their lives if they have two witnesses and the decedent’s estate is worth less than $1,000.
The Probate Process
If the decedent left a will, it probably named an executor to administer the estate. The executor must collect and manage the estate assets, pay debts and taxes and distribute the remaining property to heirs and beneficiaries named in the will. The executor is may also be required to honor other last wishes mentioned in the will, including funeral arrangements. Additionally, a will may have selected a guardian to care for minor children that the courts will take into consideration. If you have been selected to serve as the executor of an estate, an experienced Oklahoma City estate planning attorney can help you administer the estate.
Enlist the Guidance of a Perry Probate Attorney
With over 15 years of combined experience, The Law Office of Bryon J. Will, P.L.L.C. provides realistic counsel to clients throughout the state of Oklahoma. If your late loved one left a will, we can explain the probate process and your options as an executor or beneficiary. If you are not able to make it to our office, we can come to you. Take advantage of our free case evaluation to learn more about your responsibilities and options!